ALPHARETTA, Ga., Nov. 6, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Exide Technologies (Nasdaq:XIDE), (www.exide.com), a global leader in stored electrical-energy solutions, announced today that Michael Ostermann has accepted the Company's offer to lead the Transportation Europe division, and is expected to assume his responsibilities as President, Transportation Europe, no later than January 2, 2009.
Reporting to Exide's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer EJ O'Leary, Mr. Ostermann will be responsible for the commercial and operational aspects of the division as well as the overall profitability of the business. He will be based at the Exide Transportation Europe headquarters in Gennevilliers, France.
He succeeds Rodolphe Reverchon, who served Exide as President, Transportation Europe, from May of 2005 to September of 2008. Until Mr. Ostermann assumes his new position at Exide, Joel Campbell will continue serving the Company as Interim President for the Transportation Europe division.
Mr. Ostermann brings a broad range of automotive industry and operations experience to his new position at Exide. Since 2005, he has served Frauenthal Holding AG in a number of capacities, including Management Board Member and Managing Director with full divisional responsibility for the Company's Automotive Components sector. Frauenthal is a Tier 1 supplier of leaf springs, suspension arms, stabilizers, braking system air reservoirs and U-Bolts to all of the commercial vehicle manufacturers in Europe.
While at Frauenthal, Mr. Ostermann was responsible for establishing the company's Automotive Division and for leading the integration of a dozen decentralized production locations. He also was instrumental in formulating and streamlining Frauenthal's lean organization, accomplishing both a reduction in overhead and an increase in operational productivity.
Prior to his three years at Frauenthal, he held a number of positions at Styria, a leading European manufacturer of leaf springs and stabilizer bars for commercial vehicles and trailer axles.
Mr. Ostermann holds a Machine Construction Degree with a focus on manufacturing technology and a Diplom-Ingenieur (German equivalent of a Master of Science Degree) from Fachhochschule (University of Applied Sciences) in Dusseldorf, Germany.
"Michael's wide-ranging experience in both the automotive industry and change management discipline make him a tremendous asset to the Exide leadership team, and we look forward to his implementation of initiatives designed to enhance quality and drive profitability," said EJ O'Leary. "Our strategy calls for a relentless focus on integration of branding, moving closer to our customers and establishing an even greater cohesion across our European Transportation business, and Michael will be instrumental in leading these efforts for the division."
About Exide Technologies
Exide Technologies, with operations in more than 80 countries, is one of the world's largest producers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries. The Company's four global business groups -- Transportation Americas, Transportation Europe and Rest of World, Industrial Energy Americas and Industrial Energy Europe and Rest of World -- provide a comprehensive range of stored electrical energy products and services for industrial and transportation applications.
Transportation markets include original-equipment and aftermarket automotive, heavy-duty truck, agricultural and marine applications, and new technologies for hybrid vehicles and automotive applications. Industrial markets include network power applications such as telecommunications systems, electric utilities, railroads, photovoltaic (solar-power related) and uninterruptible power supply (UPS), and motive-power applications including lift trucks, mining and other commercial vehicles.
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Therefore, the Company cautions each reader of this press release carefully to consider those factors set forth above and those factors described in the Company's Form 10-K filed on June 9, 2008 and its Form 10-Q filed on November 6, 2008, because such factors have, in some instances, affected and in the future could affect, the ability of the Company to achieve its projected results and may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed herein.
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